Parks to Kids Day on Saturday, May 16

Date of release:  May 11, 2020

graphicThe Paducah Parks & Recreation Department is inviting the community to celebrate Parks to Kids Day on Saturday, May 16.

This is a twist on the National Park Trust’s annual celebration, Kids to Parks Day, that encourages outdoor exploration at parks.  Due to the social distancing guidelines, the goal this year is to bring these park activities to backyards and neighborhoods. Activities include a nature scavenger hunt, bug hunts, activity bingo, pressed flowers craft, and a tree game.

Parks & Recreation Department Director Mark Thompson said, “During this pandemic and era of social distancing, I hope there grows an even greater appreciation of nature and our environment as we create memories with those close to us.  This day focusing on outdoor recreation coupled with education about ecology, biology, and the arts hopefully will help develop the next generation of parks and environmental stewards.”

Assistant Parks & Recreation Department Director Amie Clark said, “The Parks & Recreation team has been working hard over the past several weeks to make recreation activities virtual by utilizing our social media sites.  This practice is allowing families to participate together at home by practicing skills, taking classes, making arts and crafts projects, and providing tips for staying active and healthy while at home.  Parks to Kids Day is a great opportunity for us to celebrate parks and recreation as an entire community, while also following current guidelines of staying healthy at home.  We have put together a few activities specifically for this event to give families opportunities for plenty of backyard fun.”

For a list of activities that will encourage everyone to experience the outdoors, visit the Parks Department’s Facebook page ( or the City’s website (/distance-recreation). 

For more information about the National Park Trust, visit